Veil

Definition of Veil

Pronunciation: vāl
n.1.
1.Something hung up, or spread out, to intercept the view, and hide an object; a cover; a curtain; esp., a screen, usually of gauze, crape, or similar diaphnous material, to hide or protect the face.
The veil of the temple was rent in twain.
- Matt. xxvii. 51.
She, as a veil down to the slender waist,
Her unadornéd golden tresses wore.
- Milton.
2.A cover; a disguise; a mask; a pretense.
[I will] pluck the borrowed veil of modesty from the so seeming Mistress Page.
- Shak.
3.(Bot.) The calyptra of mosses.
4.(Eccl.) A covering for a person or thing; as, a nun's veil; a paten veil; an altar veil.
5.(Zool.) Same as Velum, 3.
To take the veil
(Eccl.) to receive or be covered with, a veil, as a nun, in token of retirement from the world; to become a nun.
v. t.1.
[imp. & p. p. Veiled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Veiling.]
1.To throw a veil over; to cover with a veil.
Her face was veiled; yet to my fancied sight,
Love, sweetness, goodness, in her person shined.
- Milton.
2.Fig.: To invest; to cover; to hide; to conceal.
To keep your great pretenses veiled.
- Shak.

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